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GRAMMYs Draw the Line on AI-Generated Music Eligibility

In a turn of events that sees technology clashing with tradition, the Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. recently clarified the eligibility of AI-generated music for the coveted GRAMMY awards. Despite earlier affirming the eligibility of the AI-forged song "Heart on My Sleeve," which mimics the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd, Mason has now confirmed that the track will not be in the running.

The buzz began with an intriguing New York Times interview with the mastermind behind the song, aptly named Ghostwriter. In this dialogue, an anonymous spokesperson for Ghostwriter revealed that the song was presented for both 'Best Rap Song' and 'Song of the Year.' Mason initially validated its eligibility based on its human authorship and the song's creative standpoint.

However, in a clarifying Instagram post, Mason emphasised, "Even though it was written by a human creator, the vocals were not legally obtained... and the song is not commercially available... it's not eligible.” He passionately elaborated on the Academy's dedication to representing and supporting human artists and creators.

The original story had also thrown light on the ripple effect the AI song had on the music industry. After its release, industry bigwigs and labels were keen to meet Ghostwriter, with Mason himself reaching out post the track's viral ascent. Addressing the future implications of AI in the music domain, Mason reflected on the potential impact on creativity and the industry's monetisation.

In a rapidly evolving world where tech like AI-generated music continues to intersect with art, the music industry is left grappling with the balance of innovation and tradition. For now, the GRAMMYs stand firm in their commitment to human artistry.

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